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Copyright Introduction:

Welcome to the official web site of the American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA). ABPA holds copyright privileges to all text, software, photos, video, graphics, music, sound and other material published on this site. Furthermore, the "look" and "feel" of this site is the property of ABPA.

You, as a user of this site, may not modify, publish, transmit, display, participate in the transfer or sale of or in any way exploit the content of ABPAweb without express written consent of the American Backflow Prevention Association. Furthermore, you acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights by downloading copyrighted material.

ABPAweb may include content with inaccuracies or typographical errors. Also, changes may be made to this web site (e.g. addition and removal of content, updates, etc.) at any given time. The American Backflow Prevention Association assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content of this site.


Any notes, message or billboard postings, ideas, suggestions, concepts or other materials submitted to the American Backflow Prevention Association web site will become the property of ABPA. When submitting material to this site, you acknowledge that the American Backflow Prevention Association has the right to publish this material.

Copyright Permission Form

Guidelines for use of copyrighted material:

American Backflow Prevention Association is committed to maintaining high ethical standards in all that we do. As part of this, we recognize and respect intellectual property rights and strive to fulfill our obligations regarding the use of copyright-protected works.

What materials are protected by copyright?

Literary works such as books, magazines, journals, newspapers, training materials, and manuals
Computer software
Pictures and graphics such as photographs, maps, and charts
Sound recordings such as compact disks and cassette tapes
Architectural works such as blueprints and schematics
Audiovisual works such as TV and radio programs and videotapes
Electronic media such as World Wide Web pages and contents therein
NOTE: Copyright law protects these materials even if they are not registered with the U.S. Copyright office and even if they do not include the copyright symbol ((c)). Written permission to use these materials is legally required even when these materials are being used for educational purposes.

What materials are NOT protected by copyright?

Ideas or concepts
Scientific or technical methods or discoveries
Business operations or procedures
Formulas or algorithms
Any U.S. Government publication
NOTE: U.S Government publications may be used freely and can be a good source of information and images. These documents should be used instead of private copyrighted materials whenever possible. Proper credit must still be given to government publications whenever they are used. Be aware, however, that some U.S. Government publications may contain third party materials that cannot be used without permission from the owner.

How can copyright protected materials be used? No member may reproduce any copyrighted work in print, audio, video, or electronic form in violation of the law. To avoid copyright violation, obtain written permission from the copyright holder before using any copyright protected materials. These guidelines include a sample letter and form that can be modified to request permission from the original publisher/author.

Due to the administrative burden of managing royalty payments, ABPA does not use materials when the copyright holder demands a fee for use of their materials.

All correspondence dealing with a request for permission to use copyrighted materials must be forwarded to the ABPA Headquarters for safekeeping. This information could prove useful in the event of legal proceedings.

Whenever copyright protected materials are used with the copyright holder's permission, each use of the material must be accompanied by a clear statement identifying the original source and copyright holder and that the material is being used by permission. See FIGURE 1 for an example.

NOTE: Simply acknowledging the source of copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining written permission.

What happens if copyright laws are not followed? Unauthorized use of copyrighted materials can subject ABPA and ABPA members to the following:

Injunctions and impounding/destruction of the unauthorized materials
Liability for damages and any additional profits earned using the unauthorized material
Statutory damages up to $100,000 per violation
Liability for attorney fees and court costs in addition to the costs incurred by ABPA
Fraudulent removal or alteration of a copyright notice from someone else's materials can result in a $2500 fine per violation.
Note: Damages can be imposed even if the copyright holder suffers no lost profits or other monetary damage.

If you are unsure about the use of any outside materials in your curriculum, ask the ABPA office personnel BEFORE using the materials.

Please contact our home office with any questions you may have: 979-846-7606
FIGURE 1: How to document the source of an image


Reprinted from: (Title of Source). Copyright (Year) by (Copyright Holder).
Used by permission.


Sample Letter:

January 01, 2001

(Copyright Holder)
(City, State, Zip)

RE: Permission to use portions of (Original Work Title)

Permissions Department (or contact name if available):

The American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA), is a non-profit organization which provides technology and training for public and private sector industry. One of the courses we teach is (Course Name). We have found some information (in your literature/on your Web site/on your video...) that would be helpful in (state use).

Therefore, we respectfully request permission to reproduce the following (page/pages/video/animation/image) (include all that apply and attach everything that is to be used), from (Original Work), to be used in our (state use) and other materials for use in (state use). In addition, ABPA may have the opportunity to provide the material for a fee to third parties. Any resulting fee income will be used to further the non-profit educational programs of the American Backflow Prevention Association.

Due to the administrative burden of managing royalty payments, ABPA does not use materials where such payments would be required.

Of course, proper credit will be given wherever your materials are used, and your materials will be referenced in a list of sources of additional information that is included in the materials.

Thank you for your consideration. You may respond using the enclosed form via mail or by fax to (fax number). If you have any questions, please call me at (phone number).


(Your Name)
American Backflow Prevention Association
(e-mail address)

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